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Changsha lit-up to celebrate Lantern Festival

Updated: 2017-02-14

 
The Changsha night sky glowed with the warmth of a thousand lanterns on Feb 11 as Lantern Festival got underway marking the end of Chinese New Year celebrations.

 

The 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar, the day of the year's first full moon, has been celebrated as Lantern Festival in China for more than 2,000 years.

 

To commemorate the year of the rooster, colorful cockerel-shaped lantern lit up many of the fairs that spread across the Hunan city.

 

A mother takes a selfie with her baby at a dazzling light fair held at the Orange Island. [Photo/Changsha Evening News]

 

Scenic spots such as Huogongdian and Pozi Street were adorned with the brightly-colored red beacons of fortune, adding to the festive air.

 

Orange Island in the middle of the Xiang River was alight with both traditional and modern spectacular. As fireworks blared, multimedia light displays painted the park in dazzling effects.

 

Orange Island, sitting squat in the middle of Xiangjiang River, is lit-up to light the night sky to celebrate Lantern Festival. [Photo/Changsha Evening News]

 

Skilled performers delighted festival crowds with datiehua, also known as the spraying of iron. Large metal pots are filled with molten iron, before the scorching liquid is sprayed into the crisp spring night air, creating dramatic, flaring sparks.

 

Folk artists from Hebei province perform datiehua, or the spraying of iron, at Orange Island. [Photo/Changsha Evening News]

 

The highlight of the festival displays at Yanghu Wetland park were the handmade lanterns created by some 180 craftsmen from Sichuan province. The centerpiece of the 100,000-square-meter display area was a 16-meter-tall glowing rooster lantern.

 

The rooster themed lantern sits proud atop a giant lantern at Yanghu Wetland Park. [Photo/Changsha Evening News]

 

 

Source: Changsha Evening News